Sep 142009
 September 14, 2009  Posted by  Breaches, Court, U.S.

Desire Athow reports:

28-year old former FBI Informant Albert Gonzalez has pleaded guilty to 20 federal charges that identify him as the brain behind what now stands as the biggest identity theft in US history.

The hacker, who lives in Miami, could face up to a minimum of 15 years in prison although the jury could increase this by 10 extra years. In addition, Gonzalez has been forced to return two million dollars, his Miami apartment, a 2006 BMW 330i, a Tiffany diamond ring and Rolex watches.

His hacks involved sifting through the databases of some major US retailers (like TJX Companies – which owns popular clothes retailer TJ Maxx, BJ’s Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Boston Market, Barnes & Noble and Sports Authority) and steal details of more than 40 million credit cards.

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